We had a great time attending the Status #cryptolife hackathon, where we met with wonderful teams building on Bloom. Check out one of our favorites below!
D-Bonds: Platform for Unsecured Corporate Bonds
The global market for small business loans is 186 billion dollars in the United States. Traditionally small businesses have not been served well by traditional banks. With Bloom, D-Bonds closes this gap.
- Project: D-Bonds
- Description: Platform for Unsecured Corporate Bonds
- Code: GitHub Repo
- Project Overview: DevPost Page
A Marketplace for Bonds
D-Bonds is working to create a blockchain solution for the underserved small business loan market. The team is focused on building a marketplace for SME bonds. The platform uses BloomID to identify the issuer and company. Bonds are then offered for bidding during a limited time frame. The bidder with the best offer then has a period of time to send the money and become the lender. Through the platform, bonds can be transferred.
The team shares that the desire to build the tool came from the fact that small businesses have not been served well by traditional banks. The global market for small business loans is 186 billion dollars in the United States. But according to the ECB’s latest Bank Lending Survey (ECB, 2017), lending criteria for small businesses have tightened because bank risk tolerance have fallen. Despite the reduction in supply of funding for small businesses, the demand for small business loans have increased. This creates an opportunity for marketplaces like D-Bonds to exist to close the funding gap.
Fast KYC And Loan Approval
Specifically, small businesses face long lead times for bank loan credit approvals and low acceptance rates which incurs costs. Issuing corporate bonds has been proven to be a more cost effective way to issue funding compared to traditional bank loans, but they are difficult to access. The key problem is that corporate bonds support functions are necessary and underdeveloped. In addition, one of the main issues that is hampering the development of a more robust corporate bond market for small businesses is due to the complexity and lack of standardised terms for bond contracts. This makes it difficult for lenders to assess and compare bond contract contracts for pricing and due diligence purposes. Standardised bond contract terms can also make it easy to create a liquid market for bonds to be traded in a market place.
The team shares that “Our marketplace for SME bonds can speed up the process by allowing anyone to securely and safely finance a small business bond. Small businesses can now quickly have lenders bid to lend to them in a transparent and competitive market place. The D-Bonds platform can allow a small business to submit a bond application with simple standardised terms to make the bond origination process very simple and easy to use. The simple standardised terms allows lenders to easily assess and compare different bonds in the marketplace to make lending decisions, but also provides liquidity to transfer them.